In the aftermath of Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence, Kansas, Union General Thomas Ewing Jr. became suspicious of local support for Confederate sympathizers and issued the infamous General Order No. 11 – the enforced evacuation of rural communities in four Missouri counties surrounding Kansas City.
Tom Rafiner examines the economic and social repercussions of the abandoned homesteads and farmsteads amid this Civil War turbulence on Sunday, September 21, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Rafiner is recognized by the Missouri State Historical Society as an expert on General Order No. 11. His presentation will concentrate on families from western Cass County that relocated to Jackson County.
This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Speakers Series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may do so online. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.